Along with recreational and life skills programming, we are creating a vibrant volunteering and support network in the town of Orangeville. We are building strong community partnerships that allow people of ALL abilities to contribute and make an impact. ALAS is also distinctive because all members of the program including participants, staff, parents, and volunteers work together in these projects. No one sits out, we can all be agents of change.
Bi-Weekly our group delivers meals to people in downtown Orangeville.
“We were approached by ALAS when they decided they would like to volunteer/help in the community. They are great volunteers! Our experience has been wonderful as all ALAS volunteers seem to be eager to help and our clients enjoy their visits!” – Kim Pridham, Volunteer and Friendly Visiting Program Co-Ordinator, Caledon Meals on Wheels
Bi-Weekly our group volunteers at the library scanning, organizing and filing DVD browsers and books.
“ALAS promotes inclusion by getting out into the community and interacting with people, spaces, and resources. By visiting the library on a weekly basis, both staff and patrons have come to know the members of ALAS thus strengthening community relationships.” – Lauren Tilly, Program and Research Co-Coordinator, Orangeville Public Library
Bi-Weekly (from May – Aug) our group meets with Island Lake staff to complete projects such as trail maintenance, pulling invasive species, litter clean up and more!
“ALAS Dufferin has reached out to Island Lake Conservation Area the past few months to inquire about her group of young adults with developmental disabilities to volunteer their time in helping to improve the park. We are grateful to have help and interest from the local community in keeping our parks looking so great. We can’t wait to have her group come out to the park this summer.” Megan McIntosh, Programming Assistant, Credit Valley Conservation.
Currently, this program contributes 24 hours of hands-on volunteering, in 2019 we are looking to double this effort by increasing the number of hours to 48.
Making soup for the lighthouse
Weekly our group shops for, prepares and delivers a soup meal to The Lighthouse, a local lunch program serving clients with food and support.
“The Lighthouse is a local organization sponsored by Good Friends Fellowship whose goal is to meet the needs of those in our community who are less fortunate. These days with our economy the way it is, there are many local people who need a helping hand during challenging times.” http://goodfriendschurch.com/
Bowl for Kids Sake
Yearly our group participates in Bowl for Kids Sake supporting Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Dufferin County. We also do some of the administration preparation for this event such as stuffing envelopes, filling folders, organizing information and pledge sheets. We do this at the Big Brothers office.
Pledges to our Team = all amounts welcome!
Volunteering at the Lord Dufferin retirement residence
Weekly some of our participants assist the head of maintenance with tasks such as garbage and recycling, filling bird feeders, sweeping or shoveling walks and cleaning up flower beds.
*In 2018 we hope to expand this programming to include spending time with seniors in the residence, serving coffee and tea and playing games or cards, and socializing.
Volunteering at the Orangeville restore
Monthly our participants volunteer at the Restore helping with furniture moving, organization of merchandise, and light cleaning.
Our Participants and staff are approved volunteers for Habitat for Humanity!
Volunteering at Fiddlehead Care Farm
Weekly from May-August, our group participates in therapeutic care farming at Fiddlehead Care Farm, a non-profit organization in Mono, ON. We work around the farm doing chores, visiting with the animals, maintaining our garden and learn about farming!
Movie Night at ALAS
Monthly ALAS offers dinner and a movie on Saturday night to support a couple objectives:
- To offer a safe and supportive environment for individuals with special needs to socialize and build relationships
- To offer parents and caregivers 4hours on a Saturday night to practice self-care and take a much-needed break!
We believe this strategy is going to change lives. Not just the lives of our participants, families, volunteers and staff but the lives of people in communities all over Ontario. Looking forward we want to mentor other day programs to implement the same plan, or a plan that looks like this one, but best suits their day programming style.
We want this force for good to spread. Far and wide.
After piloting this project with our group in 2018/19 we want to approach other groups and help them do it too.
Our goal is a big one, but it one that we are confident can change the world.
We will keep you posted on this development.
ALAS Dufferin in Action!